Psalm 121:7 Safe From All Harm

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The Lord will keep up from all harm–he will watch over your life; Psalm 121:7 

One desire that every person has is to be safe from all harm. No one likes to be physically harmed in any way. Most will seek to find ways to be safe in whatever they do.

Organizations and governments have set up many different safety regulations to keep people safe from harm. Despite all of the safety regulations, people still get injured in various ways. Many times it is due to lack of following the rules or someone else not following the regulations.

When injury occurs, people strive to find someone to blame for the injury. They often feel the those in authority did not do enough to keep them safe. God is the most common one to be blamed for allowing the injury to occur.

The psalmist writes that God will keep a person from all harm because He is watching over the life of the believer.

Many people have chosen to follow God and believed that no harm would ever come to them. They felt as though God would protect them in every situation. Then, suddenly they get sick or get injured. Now they get angry with God because He did not protect them from harm.

While physical harm is painful, it is only temporary. The worst that physical harm can do to a person is bring about physical death. However, it cannot bring about spiritual death or separation from God.

God is watching over every believer to protect him from spiritual harm. Harm that will destroy his belief in Jesus. Harm that will cause him to turn away from God.

All physical harm will be used by God for the benefit of the believer. He knows that it is only temporary and works for an eternal good. God will protect the soul of the believer.

You can trust that God is watching over your life. He knows what is best for your life. If you allow Him to, He will put a hedge of protection around your soul to protect you from any harm.

This protection may or may not include physical protection, but it protects what is most important–your soul. The body you have is only for temporary use while on this earth. Your soul will last for eternity. After death you will receive a new eternal body.

Do not worry about the physical harm you may receive, but trust God’s protection of your soul. He is watching over you.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that God will remove fear of physical harm; and that you will know the protection God offers your soul. 

Psalm 11:4 God Is Watching Closely

 

Magnifying humansThe Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. Psalm 11:4 

There are times that things need to be examined. Someone needs to look at something closely to determine some information about it. Doctors examine their patients to find out what is wrong with them. Police examine vehicles going down the road to determine if any laws are being broken. Lawyers and judges examine evidence to determine who is guilty. Bosses examine the work of their employees to determine how well the work is getting done.

Examinations can be cause a person to be nervous, because most people do not like to be seen so closely. They are afraid that faults may be found or they may be guilty of something.

David points out that even though God is in heaven He is watching everyone closely. God is examining, not just a few people, but everyone on the earth.

The majority of people in the world live their lives as though God is either not there or is not paying attention to them. Since they cannot see God directly, they think God cannot see or is not watching them. It is like a little child that puts his hands over his eyes, and says that no one can see him–he is hiding.

Some believers also live as the world does. They choose to do things that God is against, thinking that no one sees them.

Yet, God is doing an examination, He is watching everyone closely. God not only sees what is being done, but He also sees into the heart and sees the motives of why things are being done. Doing the right thing for the wrong reason is still wrong. A positive times a negative is always a negative.

Knowing that God is examining you can cause two feelings. One is anxiety, because you realize He knows when you are doing something wrong. The other is peace, because you know He is watching over you and knows your situation.

You allow a doctor to examine you at the doctor’s office, so then freely allow God to examine your life. God will do better than any doctor. He can point out areas you need to grow in or show you areas you have grown in already. Since God knows you so well, He can help you be more like Jesus everyday.

I pray today that you will know God is watching you; that you will find peace in God’s watching you; that you will allow God to show you areas to grow in and change; and that you will know God’s great love for you. 

Mark 13:33 Be Alert

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Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. Mark 13:33

Jesus had just told the disciples of things yet to come, times of disaster and change. After all these things happen is when Jesus would return. No one knows when He will return, but only that it will happen. He now warns them to stay alert for His return.

Waiting for something to happen can be very frustrating for a lot of people. They know that something is going to happen, but they just do not know when it will happen.

Some of these things can be good things. Such as knowing when a certain check will come in the mail. Or when a baby will be born. Or when a person will ask the question of proposal for marriage. People look forward to these things with a lot of anticipation and excitement.

Other things can be coming that people do not look forward to happening. Things such as a death of a loved one. Or the bill that will come in the mail. Or a bad storm that is coming through, that could cause a lot of damage.

Things that people look forward to, keep their eyes open and they stay alert for the event to happen. The greater the event, the more alert they will remain, because they do not want to miss it. How many people will camp out at a store waiting for some hot new item to go on sale the next morning?

Those who don’t know Jesus will not look forward to His return at all.

The greatest event to happen is the return of Jesus. Those who have chosen to follow Him, have nothing greater to look forward too. It will be the greatest event in all of their life.

As a believer, you must be looking forward to His return. You must be ready for His return. This means that you are living for Him and following Him with all of your life right now.

Do not allow yourself to go to sleep and stop watching and living for Him. Do not allow yourself to go back into this world and live like the world, not caring about Jesus. If you do, you may miss out on the greatest event in all of your life for all eternity.

Remain alert, living for Jesus and waiting for Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be watching for His return; that you will be living for Jesus with your whole life; and that you will tell others of Jesus.